1933 Lincoln Model KB

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Town Car
Coachwork: Brunn

Splitting into two lines in 1932, the Lincoln K-Series featured the carryover Model KA and the new V12 powered Model KB. Producing 150 horsepower the KB featured the marque's new V12, 447.9 cubic-inch 65-degree L-head engine. The KB featured a new ....[continue reading]

Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: KB2178
Engine Num: KB2178

The Lincoln Motor Company was founded by Henry Martyn Leland during the First World War with the intent to build aero engines. Leland's first automobile company was Cadillac. The Lincoln name was chosen for the first president. The company was fou....[continue reading]

Coachwork: Willoughby

The big news for Lincoln in 1932 was the introduction of its magnificent V-12 motor, which was the last 'fork and blade' motor built by Lincoln. The 447.9 cubic-inch engine develops 150 horsepower. The forged steel crankshaft sits on seven main bea....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn

This is an example of Lincoln's flagship KB V-12 series for 1933; it bears elegant Convertible Victoria coachwork built by Brunn and Company of Buffalo, New York. Brunn had a long history with Lincoln, dating back to the 1920s when young Edsel Ford u....[continue reading]

Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

The 1932 and 1933 KB Lincolns have achieved legendary status. Although similar under the skin the 1933 featured updated styling with skirted fenders and a new V-shaped and slanted grille shell. Lincoln's 1933 catalog contained 26 body styles from 17 ....[continue reading]


The current owner of this 1933 Lincoln KB 7-Passenger Phaeton is only the third for this car. It is one of only six of this body style produced in 1933 with side windows at a 45-degree angle and is believed to be the only one to survive. President Fr....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: KB2259

This vehicle is one of just 15 Dietrich Convertible Sedans produced, and one of only 533 KB chassis's produced for 1933. It is believed that only six examples remain. This open coachwork sedan has a raked, V-shaped windscreen and 'suicide'-style door....[continue reading]

Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Henry and Wilford LeLand's Lincoln Motor Company began producing Liberty airplane engines in 1917. Leland decided to enter the automobile production business after the contract for the Liberty engines were fulfilled. The first cars were produced in 1....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: KB2317

In 1908, the Hermann A. Brunn Coachwork business was established and their first corporate customer was the Leland-owned Lincoln Company. Brunn, who had a strong understanding of Fords, was ideally situated to continue with Lincoln upon Ford's takeov....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: KB2284

Lincoln offered 26 KB body styles for 1933 with 17 from custom coachbuilders. In total, there were just 533 examples produced, some styles selling in very modest quantities. Among them was the 261, the Dietrich Convertible Sedan, of which only 15 wer....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn

The Lincoln Motor Company was launched in 1917 by Henry Leland, formerly of Cadillac, and his son Wilfred. They began assembling Liberty aircraft engines to fulfill World War One government contracts. After the war, Lincoln factories were reorganized....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich

The flagship car for the entire Ford Motor Company was the Lincoln KB with its smooth-running V12 engine and well-appointed bodies. Body styles for the 1933 model adapted to the new sloping radiator, independent headlights, and skirted fenders. The L....[continue reading]

Coachwork: Judkins

The flagship car for the early 1930s Ford range was the Lincoln K. Built with the smooth-running V12 and in a range of body styles, they rivaled the Cadillacs and Packards of the time. In 1932, the Lincoln K series was split into two lines: the KA wi....[continue reading]

Sport Phaeton

The flagship car for the entire Ford range in the early 1930s was the Lincoln Model K. For 1932, Lincoln followed Cadillac and introduced a V12 engine in its new KB model. For 1933, Lincoln kept their 448 cubic-inch V12 engine in the KB but made a sm....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich

In 1933 the Lincoln KB, with its new smooth-running 447.9 cubic-inch 65-degree L-head V12 engine, was the flagship car for Ford Motor Company. Lincoln offered a staggering 26 different body styles built by 17 different coachbuilders. Lincoln used an ....[continue reading]

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: KB2432

The power was of the 1930's had begun. Cadillac introduced the massive V-16 engine in 1930 and the V-12 in 1931. Pierce Arrow, Marmon, and Packard all introduced larger, more powerful engine options as well. So it wasn't too surprising that in 1932 L....[continue reading]

Town Car by Brunn
Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: KB2178 
Limousine by Willoughby
Convertible Victoria by Brunn
Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis #: KB2259 
Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Convertible Coupe by Brunn
Chassis #: KB2317 
Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis #: KB2284 
Convertible Victoria by Brunn
Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Coupe by Judkins
Sport Phaeton
Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Convertible Victoria by Brunn
Chassis #: KB2432 


Produced in an effort to prove that he could compete with the best Automobile manufacturers in the world, Henry Ford built the Lincoln. Rivaling the most beautiful vehicles of the Classic Era, this vehicle is a demonstration of the success of his venture.

With a body that built by the Dietrich coach building firm, the elegant Lincoln KB was introduced in 1932. A total of 2,108 units were produced during the one year of the Lincoln KB's production.

With a 145 inch wheelbase, the KB had an amazing production rate of 150 horses, with power being supplied by a massive 448 cubic inch V12. There was also a compression ratio of 5.25 to 1 with seven main bearings. Stunning lines swept the sides of the vehicle along with wire wheels and dual side-mount space tires.

With a relatively short sedan body, the rumble seat allowed drivers to carry passengers in the rear. One could also carry additional baggage on the folding luggage rack that was made by Beals and Selkirk.

The interior of the vehicle was ensconced with only the most elegant and luxurious materials that included quality wool broadcloth, burled hardwoods, the best materials, and the perfect amount of bright work.

By Jessica Donaldson
Becoming a vehicle that was known for luxury, the Lincoln underwent a total transformation in 1931. Re-powered, re-styled, and becoming lower-priced, this entire transformation was done under the censorship of Edsel Ford. The Lincoln Model K replaced the Model L, and only a total of forty five models were ever produced.

With an increased horsepower from 90 to 120, the newly added Stromberg carburetor increased the engine with 384.8 cubic inches. With a price significantly lower than any other Lincolns, the Model K 7-passenger Touring vehicle was used primarily as a limousine. Though at $4,400, the model K still cost ten times the amount of a Ford.

The largest updates were contained in the body style. The wheel base was now increased to 145 inches with a longer hood, and rounded bumpers which now gave it a low and sleek profile. Dual trumpet horns and large bowl-shaped head lights now gave the front a stunning look. Utilized mainly as a limousine, sales were less than half of what they were in the late 1920s due to the Depression.

A reflection of the earlier Ford Model K, the Lincoln K-series was a luxury vehicle line that was produced until 1942. A V12 became standard in 1933, while the original K-Series featured a 385 in³ (6.3 L) V8. The option of ordering a fully custom coachwork was available for customers.

Appearing on a new chassis in 1931, the original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were a 2 or 4-door phaeton. A derivative of the earlier L-series 60° V8, the 384.8 in³ (6.3 L) engine had a dual downdraft Stromberg carburetors, altered timing upped power to 120 hp (89 kW), and higher compression.

Splitting into two lines in 1932, the Lincoln K-series featured the carryover Model KA and the new V12-powered Model KB. The engine output was pushed to 125 hp (93 kW) while the V8 car reverted to a 136 in (3454 mm) wheelbase. Producing 150 hp (112 kW), the KB featured the marque's new V12, 447.9 in³ (7.3 L) 65° L-head unit. These two new lines featured a new grille with less of a surround, and vent doors rather than vertical louvers on the sides of the hood. Both series also featured a parking light on top of each front fender and 18 inch wire wheels.

The Model KA V8 engine was replaced in 1933 with a new 381.7 in³ (6.3 L) V12. The large KB engine shared very few similarities with this new L-head engine. Only a few minor changes that were readily visible occurred on the 1933 K-series. The return of hood louvers and the deletion of the bar linking the headlights were by far the most obvious updates. The chassis was also revised, along with thermostatic shock absorbers and transmission.

In 1934, the V12 engines were replaced by a single 414 in³ (6.8 L) version of the updated model KA V12. The KA and KB nameplates now denoted the wheelbase only. For this year, the only styling updates included the replacement again of the louvers with doors on the side of the hood, and a body-colored grille surround.
For 1935, the Lincoln line was trimmed down considerable, as all vehicles where simply referred to as the Model K. Putting focus on the lofty over-$4,000 segment, the marque was attempting to improve profitability, though unfortunately limiting sales in the depression devastated US.

The following year, a more modern Lincoln Zephyr was debuted. Costing much less, the Model K's days were considerably numbered. However, despite its high $4700 price-tag, a 7-passenger Model K limousine was the marque's best-selling model for 1936. A new and improved raked windshield and pressed steel wheels were also part of this years update.

Continuing in production for the next five more years, the Model K unfortunately faced a decrease in sales in comparison to the more modern Zephyr and the new flagship Continental which became more appealing to buyers. Though production was mostly ended with the 1939 model year, one final Model K, the 1942 model was a one-off 'Sunshine Special' convertible limousine that was built especially for President Roosevelt.

By Jessica Donaldson
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